Bill regulating the use of drones dies in legislature

first_imgSEATTLE — Despite having support from Democrats, Republicans, civil liberties advocates and those concerned over government intrusion, a measure regulating the use and purchases of drones by state agencies and local municipalities died in Olympia without getting a vote from any chamber. Lawmakers said there wasn’t enough time: At the House, the grappling over gun background checks ate up the clock before a voting deadline. In the Senate, a chairman said proposed changes to the bill weren’t ready in time to clear his committee.But the bill also saw opposition from one of the most influential players in Olympia: The Boeing Co. The aerospace manufacturer, one of the largest employers in the state, argued the bill would hurt future jobs in the growing unmanned aerial vehicle industry. “In our view, WA state House Bill 1771 did not provide a sufficiently thorough and thoughtful framework. Further, we believe that as the technology matures, best practices and new understanding will emerge, and that it would be counterproductive to rush into regulating this burgeoning industry,” Boeing said in a statement. A Boeing company, The Insitu Group, which has several operations along the Columbia River Gorge and in Vancouver, employs about 800 employees making drones, spokeswoman Sue Bradley said.last_img

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